two-year postdoctoral opportunity

Modelling climate change impact on grapevine diseases

A two year position, starting from April, 1st 2012. Application is open until the position is filled.


Centre de Recherche de Climatologie - UMR Biogéosciences  uB/CNRS 6282

Université de Bourgogne, 6 bd Gabriel, 21000 Dijon, FRANCE

Program supervisor:

Dr. Benjamin BOIS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Context and aims:

Despite a considerable literature addressing climate change impact on viticulture, few studies have considered how grapevine pests might be affected by climatic change. The European project VINTAGE (FP7 Program for SME association/Groups), which aims at providing a user friendly Decision Support System for an integrated vineyard management, proposes to gather numerous operational grapevine pest models in order to assess the impact on climate on grapevine disease. The Climate Research Center of the University of Burgundy aims at using those models to evaluate the consequences of past and projected climate change on grapevine phytosanitary status.

Job description:

The position is a two year term post-doctoral appointment in plant disease / climate modelling. The post doc fellow will develop in R code numerous operational grapevine phytosanitary models from literature and assess their responses to past, recent and projected climate data. Key responsibilities:

- Developing in R statistical programming language numerous grapevine disease models from literature (e.g. bunch rot, grape moth, mildew).

- Assessing models performances by comparing simulated data to plant disease observation datasets.

- Exploring future phytosanitary levels for viticulture projected observed and projected data sets for the 21st century.

Expected candidate background:

Qualified candidates must have a recent doctoral degree (PhD) with a demonstrated record of innovative scientific accomplishments as evidenced by first-author papers published or accepted in major journals. Applicants must have some solid background in plant / fungus disease modelling and some strong skills in programming. Communication skills also are expected.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a resume and recommendation letters from three referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application deadline:

Open until filled

Job conditions:

The Postdoctoral fellow will earn 24000€ net / year.


Dr. Benjamin BOIS,

Centre de recherche de climatologie - UMR Biogéosciences  uB/CNRS 6282,

université de Bourgogne

6 bd Gabriel

21000 Dijon, FRANCE

Tel : + 33 3 80 39 38 21 ; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.